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Bubblegum Plum®

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Easy to Grow! A Stark Pick

Also called toka plum

Easy-to-grow fruit that smells and tastes like bubblegum! This heavy-producing tree yields crops of medium-to-large plums. Fruit has reddish-bronze skin and juicy yellow flesh that’s as sweet as candy. Tree has a lovely, erect, vase shape. Originates from South Dakota in 1911. Tolerant of temperatures as low as -50ºF. Cold-hardy. Clingstone. Ripens in July. Best pollinator: Superior Plum. (Prunus americana x Prunus salicina)


Bloom Color Cream, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich, Juicy, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow plum trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Only time i have seen this plum in dwarf am extremely excited to find this dwarf!
JoAnne on Oct 4, 2019
Ronald Z on Sep 13, 2019
Only time i have seen this plum in dwarf am extremely excited to find this dwarf!
JoAnne on Oct 4, 2019
Love the taste!
Lianne G on Sep 20, 2019
Ronald Z on Sep 13, 2019
It says it's compatible with our growing zone.
Mark U on Jun 13, 2019
I have a Shiro Plum tree that is wonderful. I though it would be interesting to have a bubblegum flavored plum as my son loves the bubble gum seedless grapes found at the supermarket.
We live in California that has many micro climate areas and I hope this tree will be productive in a 9B area.
M M on May 28, 2019
These are easy to grow. I had a tree for several years until a storm destroyed it
Angela S on May 25, 2019
Made me hungry looking at the picture
Kelron D on May 18, 2019
Kids love the taste! Plant one for the Grandkids.
Robert C on May 12, 2019
Very tasty plums.
Leonard T on May 6, 2019
I ordered one of these trees earlier this spring and really liked the quality and health of the bare root tree,
Christina E on May 5, 2019
Realized i did not have a plum tree in my garden and i cant find any dwarfs locally.
Judith S on May 5, 2019
Want a juicy new tasting plum for fresh eating.
SHEILA D on Apr 28, 2019
I already have this tree and it produces great plums. I am adding to my yard and wanted more of these to get a bigger harvest.
Kathleen K on Apr 27, 2019
Sounds wonderful flavor wise. Adding it to my home food forest & orchard. We'll see if it survives in zone 9, with the low chill requirement it should do just fine.
Virginia C on Apr 14, 2019
sounded like fun
Arthur N on Apr 8, 2019
The flavor is supposed to be bubblegum-like. I think if this is true, I can get my kids to love growing their own food even more.
Mark and Alicia W on Mar 19, 2019
need a replacement plum sounds interesting
Evan S on Mar 10, 2019
cold hardiness and as a pollinator for a plumcot. I've heard it also has great flavor for possible roadside sales
Darin E on Feb 24, 2019
Love great smelling fruit
Rhonda S on Feb 17, 2019
The description of this plum is the "perfect plum"
Anne G on Feb 9, 2019
Bubble gum and plum ? Can't go wrong right haha
Jeremy W on Feb 7, 2019
These are very good fruit trees
Oscar H on Feb 1, 2019
Who doesn't want a plum that tastes like bubblegum.
Natasha M on Jan 6, 2019
Late bloom
Randy J on Dec 26, 2018
Sounds delicious!
Karen H on Dec 16, 2018
Needed a pollinator for Superior.
Marvin Y on Nov 30, 2018
I liked the description of the fruit and tree size.
Judith T on Nov 13, 2018
Love plums yum!
Shelly I on Nov 8, 2018
The name. Curious about growing "Bubblegum" Plum.
Vernita W on Nov 4, 2018
Sounds good to me!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
It is a fruit to enjoy
Fred H on Oct 2, 2018
Sounded good
Scotty on Sep 24, 2018
great fruit, exceptional pollinator
peter r on Sep 11, 2018
cold hardy and good eating plum
LARRY O on Aug 4, 2018
Had previously purchased this plum, it grew well and I wanted another one
Anne H on Jul 31, 2018
Hardiness Zone, there are not a lot of options for Zone 4 and depending on the year, we can see Zone 3 temperatures.
Tara R on May 4, 2018
Mostly as a cross pollinator for the Superior Plum. We can always give some to the grandkids if we have outgrown the bubblegum flavor.
Jane R on Apr 7, 2017
Love sweet plums and don't have this one.
Kathryn H on Mar 27, 2017
To cross-pollinate with the Superior Plum I purchased and because these are wonderful plums!
Garland D on Feb 2, 2017
My 12 yr old son is intrigued by the description of the flavor. I have another mini yellow fruit plum tree that I think this would be a great compliment to.
Lisa P on Jan 5, 2017
This is supposed to grow well in northern locations. (I live in Connecticut). I got this and Superior Plum for cross pollination.
Karen B on Oct 12, 2016
My daughter loves plums. I thought this would be a good candidate to grow in a small space.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
Love the taste!
Lianne G on Sep 20, 2019
It says it's compatible with our growing zone.
Mark U on Jun 13, 2019
Is this tree partially self fruitful? If i dont plant another variety will i still see some fruit. When i look at the other plum trees is says it needs a polinator. This tree doesnt say that.
Brett on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The toka is self-pollinating and will produce fruit if planted alone. I have one of these and the plums are small, but extremely good eating. Mine is planted 15??? from a Black Ice plum.
What are the chill requirements of the total plum and what is the approximate age of the Supreme xl, Toka plum?
Paul U on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bubblegum?? (or Toka) Plum has a chill-hours requirement of only about 400 hours. The Supreme XL tree is two years old, but is exceptionally vigorous. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
I have this tree as well as Santa Rosa and Methley. Are those good enough as pollinators or do I really need to add superior as well?
Jeff L on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good news! You are all set. Santa Rosa and Methley with take care of your Bubblegum Plum.
I have a Santa Rosa plum tree at home. Will it pollinate with the Bubblegum Plum if I add one?
Dennis L on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would be an iffy proposition, because Bubblegum blooms later than Santa Rosa.
Is there a tree that produces plums with a red flesh that can be used as a pollinator with a bubblegum plum?
myklx on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One plum variety that comes to mind is called 'Black Ice' and it has red flesh, plus it is a recommended pollinator for the Bubblegum plum.
Will this Bubblegum/Toka cross-pollinate with an "American Plum" tree?
David L on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Difficult to say. One key factor would be whether their bloom times overlap. You may want to contact your local growers/experts for some experienced insight.
Is the bubblegum plum tree a European Plum Tree or a Japanese plum tree? I am wondering what the best method of pruning is.
10000 on Jul 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Bubblegum Plum is an American x Japanese hybrid. I've attached a link to our growing guide on how to prune plum trees. I hope this information is helpful.
Can these trees (Superior and Toka) be planted between 8 feet of each other?
Carlos d on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: From my experience, plum trees are harder to control as to size by pruning and therefore planting them to close can cause problems when they reach maturity. I believe 10 feet would be the bare minimum and 12 to15 feet would be much better to allow space to move between the trees for pruning and picking. This would be for a dwarf or possibly a semi-dwarf. A full-size tree would require more space.
What other variety is good for cross pollination since you are out of stock of the one recommended?
Brenda F on Oct 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brenda, This is a great question. The Santa Rosa plum will also pollinate the Bubblegum Plum. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
My Toca tree starts to produce strong in May-Jun, but fruits die out before maturity. What am I doing wrong?
Hassan S on Jul 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry to hear that. It's disappointing to lose your fruit! Here are a couple of articles that may shed light on the problem: ????//
My bubblegum tree blossomed and looked good this spring and then all of a sudden the leaves turned yellow and the fruit began to turn brown. Aphids took over the leaves and I have been attacking them with all my might. I have fertilized the tree using tre-prep and other young fruit tree fertilizers recommended to me by local specialists. There are about 12 plums still maturing but I am disappointed. What am I supposed to do to keep this tree healthy?
John M on Jun 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Let's narrow this down a little, if you don't mind answering a few questions? Did you have a very wet spring? Have you done a soil test to see if there are any nutrients missing? Yellow leaves can mean too much water and/or loss of iron. If you are using something in addition to Tre-Pep, it may have burned the roots due to overfertilizing. Tre-Pep should not be supplemented with other fertilizers. Brown fruit can mean brown rot, ruling the other items out. Please reply and we'll get to the bottom of it.
Is the bubblegum plum tree self pollinating?
Daylan W on Jun 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it requires a pollinator which is also a hybrid - we recommend Superior.
I have a Stark 2-N-1 Plum, will it pollinate a Bubblegum Plum tree?
Amanda W on May 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. The plums on the 2N1 are both Japanese plums.
what it means by "Plum has a chill-hours requirement of about 400 hours"?
jane K on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Chill hours are the number of hours between the temperatures of 32-45F. Each variety has different chill hours requirements so it can go dormant for a period of time and then complete the fruiting cycle. 400 hours is considered "low chill" for a fruit tree, meaning it can grow in warmer climates than other fruit trees.
can any plum be pollinator of any other plum?
jane K on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The plums need to be different varieties of the same strain. Japanese plums can only pollinate Japanese plums; European plums can only pollinate European plums. They also have to have a similar bloom time or pollination will not occur.
Can a bubblegum plum be the pollinator for another bubblegum?
jane K on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another Japanese plum variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.
My tree is growing well and has many fruitlets every spring, but for three years running I've lost the entire crop to what I suspect are sawflies. What's the best way to deal with this?
Jason H on Jul 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Growers have reported great success in defeating sawflies with this: // Should you decide to try it, please let us know how it goes? We hate to see crop loss like this and hope this will solve your problem.
Will this Bubblegum plum pollinate with a Starking delicious plum?
Anna H on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have similar bloom times.
Has anyone had any success with any other pollinators besides the superior plum?
Lettuce W on Mar 1, 2018

Customer Reviews

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Bubblegum Plum
These are such sweet tasty jewels and they make wonderful jam/ jelly as well as eating them fresh. Tree's are loaded with blossoms again this year.
May 11, 2016
over 4 years ago
Tart skin with out of this world sweet flesh
In 5th summer with our tree. Still quite small compared to other plums but set loads of fruit. My kids hoarded this plum once we got the first taste. They would go visit the tree daily until the next plum was ripe. So juicy and sweet. Best enjoyed with a towel in hand. The smell was intoxicating as well. Ill be buying more of these for future plantings.
August 24, 2017
Bubblegum (Toka) plum
Very pleased. It is developing into a very nicely shaped tree requiring minimal pruning and is doing well in my pH 7.6 soil! It bloomed this spring in its third year and has set quite a bit of fruit. I had a serious aphid attack recently but controlled it with Malathion.
May 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
Bought two BG's and 1 Methly premium bare root trees. Planted them in large pots and am training them as 6' high - 3 cordon espalier so I can reach them and take them with me if I move. I'm too old for lasdders which is why I cut down 3 perfectly good plums to make room for the new dwarfs. Stripping young fruit till year 3 harvest and they are growing well. Oh yes, you have to water them often but it's worth the effort. Stopped using Stark's competitors stock years ago. Bob, Atlanta, GA [on a 3/4 acre suburban lot]
July 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Patience Required
So you've decided on a fruit tree! It's exciting and Stark Bros has my recommendation. I bought my Bubblegum Plum tree 4/28/13 and it is 6/19/16 now. It took about 3 years to see fruit(which is normal amount of time to wait for fruit trees to start to produce). Buying and maintaining fruit trees is for the patient. So if you want fast, go buy something on Amazon otherwise. Sit back, order up some Stark Bros trees, plant in a sunny location and add some love on your part. In 3 years you may see some fruit.
June 19, 2016
Doing Great
Tree is growing vigorously, even blossomed this spring but I did not allow it to fruit. It has put on probably 30 inches of growth since planted last July.
June 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
Beautiful strong tree standing up to some strong winds and cold winter. Excited to be getting fruit this year.
June 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
bubblrgum plum
a large attractive tree which bloomed this spring. weather was cold wet and windy, so no fruit set. Seems resistant to disease and bugs.
August 7, 2016
over 5 years ago
It was easy to plant and care for. It is very health with some upward growth. I try and make sure it gets enough water in dry spells and did get fruit this year but I picked most off because the branches were not able to support it all.
May 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
so far so good!
This is only its second year so I haven't had any fruit from it yet. However, it was shipped well and it overwintered well. It bloomed this year at the same time as the superior plum so I have high hopes!
May 21, 2016
over 4 years ago